Graduation Season

A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

All across America, high schools and colleges are busy gearing up for commencement day. Parents, siblings, and grandparents will arrive on campus to share in the occasion. Everyone scans down the program in search of that special loved one to see when they will be called forward and awarded their degree. It is a day of great anticipation and excitement.

The apostle Paul refers to a future day of anticipation and excitement that awaits all of us and it is when Jesus Christ returns. Writing to the church in Corinth, Paul challenges every believer to prepare for the ultimate graduation, when we will stand before our Lord and Savior to give an account. We read in 2 Corinthians (5:10), “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

The judgment or bema seat mentioned in this text refers to a stone platform often found in ancient cities where cases were heard by magistrates and decisions were issued. Christians will all stand before the Lord one day, not to determine our salvation, but to receive eternal rewards for faithful service unto our King.

Graduations are exciting and worthy to be celebrated with friends and family. But the Christians’ ultimate graduation is an event we should be daily be looking and living for.